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08/13/2011    6:09 PM
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Some days ago, we brought you spyshots of a special F20 1-series. With some help from our resident insider Scott26 we could identify that car as a BMW Performance 1-series.

Today, we’re happy to share the first photos of the final car, the “BMW Performance Studie 1-series”. BMW apparently showed this car during their dealer presentation taking place in Frankfurt, and three shots magically made it to our inbox. You can see the Performance front and rear bumpers which appear to be even more aggressively styled than the F20 M-Sport front bumper. Also present are the ‘love em or hate em’ performance stripes and a new Performance wheel in what looks like 19″ size. We wouldn’t be suprised if this car also had some kind of factory … CONTINUED

08/04/2011    6:30 AM
COMMENTS: 40

Seen in these photos for the first time is what we believe is the F20 1-series with BMW Performance Aero Kit (front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper) with BMW Performance racing stripes. As with the prior 1-series, the BMW Performance program for the F20 will feature both cosmetic and performance parts, some of which may be revealed at the upcoming Frankfurt IAA show in September.

Which clues indicate that the aero parts underneath the camouflage are BMW Performance parts and not merely M-sport parts?

Foremost, the BMW Performance stripes are a pretty good indication. Also, BMW has already released images of the F20 M-sport model, so there’s little need to camouflage M-sport parts. Compared to F20 M-sport photos below, this test car’s front bumper is clearly a different … CONTINUED

06/01/2011    3:59 PM
COMMENTS: 28

BMW’s FWD 1-series model based on the FWD UKL platform has been spotted for the first time! The UKL platform is a FWD platform which the FWD 1-series will share with the next generation of MINIs (which coincidentally [or not] was also spied testing for the first time today).

The FWD 1-series will come in a traditional 5-door hatchback (pictured here), a sporting estate model, and a gran touring version. They’ve been referred to by insider Scott26 as the “City Compact,” the “F.A.S.T. Family Activity Sports Tourer,” and the “GT”. The rumored upcoming Z2 roadster will also be spawned off the UKL platform.

The FWD 1-series will join the rest of the 1-series lineup which in the next generation will include the F20 5-door sporthatch and the F21 … CONTINUED

05/30/2011    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 21

The F20 1-series hatchback’s online reveal is imminent – perhaps as early as this week, if not the next. But testing of the model’s FEP prototypes continues. This particular vehicle is the 5-door hatchback variant, which is the basis model of the 1-Series, and just as in the previous generation vehicle, this model will not make its way onto US shores. However, this car will serve as the basis for the entire 1-series lineup (and rumored 2-series lineup – More Info), with a 3-door hatch variant (also not expected in the US), coupe, cabrio, city compact, family activity sports tourer, and GT models (More Info).

BMW M will also have its hands at the new 1-Series and an M version should arrive 2-3 years after the … CONTINUED

05/24/2011    2:35 PM
COMMENTS: 62

The F20 1-series sporting the M-sport bumper has been testing on the Nurburgring and we’ve captured it on photos. The rest of the F20 M-sport package has not yet been affixed on this car, but expect the usual set of M-sport wheels, rear bumper, sideskirts, and of course interior M-sport bits.

05/17/2011    8:00 AM
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Even clearer updated photos of the F20 1-series M Sport front fascia. The different angles show us just how aggressive the M sport bumper actually is. Check out the new set inside….

05/16/2011    1:48 PM
COMMENTS: 62

We bring you the very first look at the upcoming F20 1-series M-sport front end on a 135i hatchback, and it’s undoubtedly the most aggressive M-sport front bumper we’ve ever seen from BMW, owing to the integration of air curtain bodywork and deeply inset air inlets to direct more airflow to the air curtains.

The rest of the M-sport package has not yet been affixed on this car, but expect the usual set of M-sport wheels, rear bumper, sideskirts, and of course interior M-sport bits.

Besides the current testing of the F20 M-sport front bumper, here is what these photos reveal….

04/20/2011    6:00 PM
COMMENTS: 20

The forthcoming 1-Series (F20) was recently spied making its way onto the famed Nurburgring as part of BMW’s standard development and testing process for all its vehicles. Now the same car has been caught on video.

You can very nicely see how taut the car’s suspension is setup, this car should be a real blast to drive fast. From the visual point of view, the car has the same level of camoflage as in the previous set of pictures, but it is nice to see the new nose job and headlamp cluster design in living motion.

03/31/2011    4:50 PM
COMMENTS: 5

We’ve just seen the start of Nurburgring testing for the 1-series on 3/28, and now spyshots.nl brings us some more photos of the car, from a lower angle. Theres nothing substantively new in these photos, just additional views from different angles. Enjoy!